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Syracuse edges Gonzaga for spot in Elite 8

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POSTED March 25, 2016 10:26 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — Every part of it paid off for Syracuse. The Orange learned and persevered during a trying season.
When Michael Gbinije and company got in trouble Friday night, they were ready.
Gbinije made a go-ahead layup with 22 seconds left, and Syracuse advanced to its 10th Elite Eight under Boeheim with a 63-60 victory over Gonzaga in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
Tyler Lydon sealed the win with a block on Josh Perkins’ runner in the final seconds. Lydon then grabbed the ball and made two foul shots before Domantas Sabonis’ desperate fling was well off at the buzzer.

Virginia 84,
Iowa State 71
CHICAGO (AP) — Deonte Burton insisted the final game of the season was not the end for Iowa State. Even so, this was a painful way to bow out of the NCAA Tournament.
Anthony Gill finished with a season-high 23 points, Mike Tobey came off the bench to score 18, and top-seeded Virginia beat the Cyclones 84-71 in the Midwest Region semifinals on Friday night.
“I’m pretty confident we’ll be back in this position,” Burton said.
If they are, they had better start on a stronger note.
The fourth-seeded Cyclones (23-12) just about got blown off the court in the early going and could not make up for it in the second half, so Virginia (29-7) advanced to its first regional final since 1995.

North Carolina 101, Indiana 86
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Marcus Paige scored 21 points and North Carolina continued its offensive prowess, moving to the Elite Eight for the 20th time since 1975 with a 101-86 victory over Indiana on Friday night in the East Regional.
The top-seeded Tar Heels (31-6) will meet sixth-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday, determining one of two guaranteed Atlantic Coast Conference spots in the Final Four. The Fighting Irish beat Wisconsin 61-56 on Friday.

Notre Dame 61, Wisconsin 56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Brey can skip a stint on the disabled list.
He has at least one more Notre Dame game to coach.
Brey was so annoyed over a perceived missed call in the second half, he leaped in protest — and failed to stick the landing. Brey pulled a calf muscle in his right leg and — moments after putting Wisconsin’s season on ice — needed a cold wrap as he hobbled toward the locker room.
“No surgery needed. But I’m a little sore,” Brey said, smiling. “I told the guys I’m the first one taped on Sunday.”
Yes, the Fighting Irish are back in the regional final — with a limping coach and some unfinished business.
Demetrius Jackson stripped the ball and scored the go-ahead layup with 14.7 seconds left and Notre Dame advanced to the brink of its first Final Four in 38 years with a 61-56 win over Wisconsin on Friday night in the East Region semifinal of the NCAA Tournament.

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